She's not Christie Brinkley but you know she's not "La Chica de Granja" either. She's "Uptown Girl" (or whoever you want her to be).
Some people think of drawing as just a hobby. but for me portrait drawing is not a pastime, although it's a great way to pass the time. It takes some concentration and effort to capture a subject's likeness. It's not by chance. There's no "big bang" magic happening here. That's what she said.
I have a sketch book full of ideas for future paintings and I keep myself challenged with commission work. I find drawing hair to be relaxing, almost like meditation. This is why you've never seen me draw Pitbull, although maybe I will now, just to spice things up.
I started working with graphite and colored pencils in 2007 because I felt it would help me paint better and I like the control I have with a pencil. I once took a self portrait painting class where beginners' money was welcome, not the beginner so much, and I only learned one thing in that class...I must know how to draw before I pick up a brush again.
Now I like how I can take the medium anywhere and not have to worry about drying time or clean up and I love the results. With Derwent Inktense and Faber Castell Polychromos pencils I can get a vibrant, paint-like quality if I want by using a solvent, such as OMS, for blending. I also find Derwent Coloursoft pencils to be soft and smooth and work well for portraits.
While working at the ALF, I enjoyed showing the ladies my process for drawing portraits. I believe no one is too old to learn something new.
I encouraged those that were willing to try a hand at it.
I bought them sketch books and pencils, but not everyone was able to participate. Those that wouldn't or couldn't loved to watch. They got a kick out seeing a recognizable face come out of a blank page.
Although everybody loves Lucy, I think Celia was their favorite.
Speaking of sugar, it's time for a cafecito. Until next time...xo